The working relationship between the legendary keyboard player Keith Emerson and singer and multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry started in 1987.
1. One By One
2. Powerful Man
3. The Rules Have Changed
4. Our Bond
5. What You’re Dreaming Now
6. Somebody’s Watching
7. This Letter
8. Your Mark On The World
The working relationship between the legendary keyboard
player Keith Emerson and singer and multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry started
in 1987. Iconic manager Brian Lane (Yes, Asia, A-Ha, It Bites etc.) and Carl
Palmer arranged a meeting between the two prolific musicians. The plan was to
form a more melodic, song oriented band (compared to EL&P), which would
allow Emerson, Berry and Palmer to follow in the footsteps of the success that
Asia and GTR were enjoying in that period.
The result of that collaboration between Emerson, Berry
and Palmer was the band “3”, and the album “... To The Power
of Three” released worldwide by Geffen Records in 1988. The first single, “Talkin' 'Bout” reached #9 on the Billboard Magazine charts and the band toured the US to
support the album. With the success of the first release, Geffen urged the band
to go back into the studio to begin work on a second album, but Emerson felt
uncomfortable with Geffen’s momentum stifling, inconsistent strategy that
ultimately cut the first album's success short, consequently prompting the band
to call it quits. At the time of their breakup several songs were already
written for that second release (later released on Robert Berry’s solo album, “Pilgrimage to a Point”).
In October 2015, conversations about a new “3”
album started between Robert Berry and Frontiers President,
Everything was set. Song ideas, studio time, record contract… and then, that dark day. Emerson’s untimely death made the album an
uncertainty. Robert was left with Keith Emerson’s final musical ideas for the project. From old cassette tapes,
keyboard parts written over the phone, to long discussions about style, the
framework of the album was set and ready to be produced.
After several months of grieving and contemplation about
what to do with these co-written songs and musical fragments from Emerson,
Robert decided to resume work on the material that was created and craft a
record that would ultimately be a fitting tribute to Keith Emerson’s musical legacy and at the same time re-energize and update the musical
style started with ‘3’ some 30 years ago.
The final result is 3.2, a reboot of the original “3”
project, centered on Robert Berry’s
amazing talents. This is a record that deserves to be heard by each and every
fan of the great Keith Emerson and includes some exquisite musical parts, which
every progressive music fan will be delighted to indulge in.